Donald L. Gilleland


"Gilleland writes eloquently and his chapters are well organized. I would recommend 'America: A Cultural Enigma' to readers who are interested in social issues, change over the nation's recent history, and cultural values." E. Lucas, A Bookplex Review.

"Mr. Gilleland 's book offers up an incisive observation of the pervasive moral malaise which sadly exists in our country today." Wayne,

"Prepare to be enlightened. You’ll be glad you were." Holly Fox Vellekoop, MSN, Author of Justice and Revenge

"This book reeks of credibility, deftly written by a seasoned veteran of military service and later, the corporate world. No one could have written this better."  Marshall Frank, author of The Upside To Murder.

"Gilleland buttresses his analysis with facts.  For every American who cares about his or her country it is a must read."  Patriot, Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

It is not unusual to hear someone yearn for "the good old days." For senior citizens that usually means the 1950s or 1960s. Others almost certainly have a different perspective. America: A Cultural Enigma suggests that the good old days may not have been as good as the reader remembers them or has been told about them. From the vantage point of a retired military officer and corporate executive, the author offers individual observations of seismic changes to our culture that have dramatically divided our nation over the last fifty years.

Whether the reader is a senior citizen looking back at life through a rear view mirror, a young adult contemplating an incomprehensible future, or a teenager studying history, this book will appeal to each from a different perspective. Wherever the reader fits into these categories, a 50-year mosaic of changes over this period highlights profound generational differences. It has become increasingly difficult for seniors to identify with the mores, customs, values, traditions and habits of the younger generations and for younger citizens to relate to family members who may be facing life in an assisted living facility or nursing home. America: A Cultural Enigma highlights some of the things that account for those differences. It is not a historical document. It is the author's personal observation of huge cultural shifts that have taken place among diverse segments of our society over the last fifty years. It may help the reader put those events into a more personal perspective.


Publisher, Black Rose Writing, ISBN: 978-1-61296-302-0

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Donald L. Gilleland, an Evangelical Christian, served thirty years in the U.S. Military, eight years enlisted in the Navy and twenty-two years commissioned in the Air Force. After retiring from the military in 1984, Don served as director of public relations and advertising for the AM General Corporation. From 1987 to 1994 he worked for General Dynamics Corporation where he retired as corporate director of public affairs. Following retirement, he wrote a history of General Dynamics covering operations from 1851 to 1997. He also wrote an expansive series of articles for an international magazine on Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines. Don is a frequent contributor to Florida Today, a Gannett daily newspaper, TC Palm, a Scripps daily newspaper, and Vero's Voice, a monthly community magazine. He has over 500 published articles. He has lived in twelve states and his international travels have taken him to twenty-nine countries on four continents.